“Hey buddy, can you spare a dollar?”
In the midst of recording a new album, let’s see, number 24(?) – not sure, but certainly not the first, I figured out how to publish songs on rapidly growing Internet music providers like, iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, Spotify, eMusic, MediaNet, Zune, Nokia, Napster, and Thumbplay.
The first song to get released is a rocker that did really well for my group, Dreamer, originally written, recorded and released in 1995 called, “The Rhino.” If you can spare $.99 and iTunes is your fave, go to iTunes (iTunes Store) on your computer, or download it from http://itunes.com; go to iTunes Store, and put Tim Darnell in the search box found at the top right of the site. You can download The Rhino for a whopping 99 centavos, and play it on your computer or smart phone (iPod, etc).
The creative juices are flowing again, and it’s so weird for the muse to appear after a considerable absence. It’s like getting the urge to play golf after a long lay-off, and pleasantly finding out you can still hit the ball (at least to some extent).
~ New Original Music ~
I’ve been collaborating with friends and former band mates, in particular the boys from
Desi Red – Bob Tupper (guitars, bass and vocals) and Donny Green (guitars and vocals) on new music. Donny just discovered a tumor on his spine, so I would appreciate your prayers for him. He’s been gigging a lot lately with his group, Los Thangs, who got back together on a whim and are finding they still “got it!”
Desi Red was ultra-creative musically, writing almost all our performance material along with the addition of a few cover tunes in our sets, depending on the gig. We first met at Texas Tech in Lubbock in 1978. I’m a little hazy on who called who first, but we originally called ourselves, Shadowfax, playing primarily at the Rox night club in Lubbock, a hotbed for big-name concert acts, and several other very good rock bands from the panhandle. Perry Jarrell was the talented keyboardist and vocalist that made up the original foursome in Shadowfax. Perry fell in love with a beautiful TTU co-ed; and, eventually made the better choice of staying in the band or marrying Eva (the latter was his choice). They now live in Houston. We surprise crashed his 50th birthday party two years ago, jamming with him and his current band – way too much fun!
Paul Nabors joined us a little after Perry left, playing both keys, guitar and vocals. Paul is now in Big Spring, Texas. More on Desi Red and current music collaboration later.